A seven-game point streak offers plenty for a hockey team.
It provides hope for the fans, confidence for the players and in Craig Berube’s case, a pat on the back.
The stretch also makes things shinier than they were before. Bright lipstick is applied. When removed like it was in the Philadelphia Flyers’ 3-1 loss at Florida on Monday, it’s clear to see the pig that still remains.
(Photo: Tim Thomas made 38 saves for the Panthers in their 3-1 win over the Flyers. Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
As the NHL lockout comes to an end, players around the league are preparing to hit the ice with their teams in the coming days. For at least one player, though, the end of the lockout means the end of his season.
While Montreal Canadiens players took to the ice for the opening day of training camp in Brossard today, Scott Gomez was noticeably absent. Without any word of an injury, the suspicion was that his future with the club was uncertain. Soon after, Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin announced that Gomez would be sent home, and will not be playing with the tea...
Tampa Bay Lightning center Nate Thompson has signed a tryout contract with the ECHL’s Alaska Aces. He joins Montreal's Scott Gomez and Washington's Joey Crabb on the Aces training camp roster. (Photograph/Linda Hamilton)
Gomez, like Thompson, signed a tryout contract, while Crabb signed a standard deal.
Thompson, an Alaska native accumulated 29 goals and 35 points in 147 games during his two years with the Bolts. He also represented the United States at the World Championships last spring. He is entering his eighth season and has played 265 career NHL games
Thompson, Crabb, Gomez and Anchorage's Brandon Dubinsky (Blue Jackets) h...
Jeff Goldblum called, he wants his glasses and face back. It's been a long month since the Montreal Canadiens fired General Manager Pierre Gauthier at the end of March, with only a handful of games left in a regular season that was and felt much, much longer. The firing opened the organization up to a lot of speculation, as owner and team president Geoff Molson and special adviser (a former GM of the team himself) Serge Savard entered a long process to pick the person who would take this team forward in what can only be described as a rebuild. At the very least, a retooling. There were plenty of names mentioned, including just about ever Francophone assistant ...
Despite being dead last in the Eastern Conference and going 3-6-1 in their last 10, the Montreal Canadiens just completed a roadtrip that saw them earn 5 out of a possible 8 points. One could even say they've opened up and started to (dare I say it?) have fun with one month left to go in the regular season, now that less pressure is weighed on their shoulders.
Near-Comeback: Tuesday, March 6th, 2012
The Calgary Flames outscored the Canadiens 4-2 through the first two periods, and Curtis Glencross added an unassisted marker to start the third, but the momentum switched over quickly as Lars Eller and Max Pacioretty each...
Despite any semblance of a streak put on by the Montreal Canadiens in recent games, these days, it's pretty easy to see who's on the outside looking in with this team. We all know who the pending unrestricted free agents are, and how they might look valuable to other teams in the league. But there are dueling forces right now in this city, and it's all because of a coach that's either fighting to keep his job and shed an "interim" title, or prove to 29 general managers watching Canadiens games that he's a worthy, NHL-level head coach.
We probably don't need to tell you that it took Montreal Canadiens forward Scott Gomez a year and three days -- or 56 games -- to score the goal he did on Thursday night against the New York Islanders. It has been the subject of many jokes, including bars offering free shots for when he scores, countdown (or up) sites, and even Facebook events celebrating last weekend's no-goal-a-Gomez-iversary.
Here's the magical moment from Thursday's game:
It may seem a little anti-climatic that Gomez would finally get the monkey off his back and score a goal three days after the anniversary while the game was already 2-0 in favor of the Canadiens, ...
Those who follow hockey, and specifically the Montreal Canadiens, know perhaps all too well that February 5th, 2012 has a particular meaning other than Super Bowl XLVI. It is, of course, in reference to February 5th, 2011, which was the last time that highest-paid Hab Scott Gomez scored a goal.
In the days leading up to Gomezversary, many of these followers as well as those of rival teams have had their fun in cheering/jeering the Canadiens' number 11. But it's all just an eight-million dollar mask covering up the real issue: Montreal has lost every game coming out of the All-Star Break, most recently a paltry showing...
Earlier today, I asked twitter if it was too soon to compare this Habs season to the cruise ship tragedy in Italy. Consensus was that it was probably in poor taste. Obviously, not because it's too soon to give up on the Canadiens, but because of the tragedy itself.
Instead, we came up with a few other disasters that sum up what Montreal Canadiens fans are feeling right now, as their team sits in 12th place in the East, and only two points away from being the absolute worst team in the conference. You may be more used to seeing these types of things over at our sister-site, Better With Popcorn, but feel free to let us know which one you think best represents the 2011-12 se...
The Bell Centre welcomed back a familiar face on Wednesday night, as Roman Hamrlik made his return to Montreal for the first time since signing with the Capitals in the offseason.
First things first, though: a more unusual kind of retribution. Rene Bourque, just two games removed from a suspension for a hit on Washington's Nicklas Backstrom when he was still with the Calgary Flames, expected to be confronted regardless of his new uniform. Sure enough, barely a minute into the opening twenty, he went at it with the Caps' Matt Hendricks ....and that was that.